How do I get a Licence to run a pub?

By smei

Posted 09/08/18

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If you’ve decided to buy or take over a pub there’s a lot to consider, with many differences depending on the location, style of the pub, and whether you’re taking over an existing venue or launching a new one. But there are the same legal requirements to be met, because any business in the UK that serves alcohol, whether it’s a pub, bar or a restaurant, needs the correct alcohol licences. These licences are awarded by local authorities and exist to protect public safety and ensure the sale of alcohol is done professionally.

So What Licences will you Need?

You will need both a premises and personal licence. Please be aware that the following information is relevant to England and Wales, and may differ for those based in Northern Ireland and Scotland.  You can visit your local authority via the Gov.UK site [1].

Personal Licence

You must have someone on the premises with a personal licence in order to sell alcohol. These cost £37 and must be held by someone with responsibility for the day-to-day running of your business. This person will be named the Designated Premises Supervisor (DSP), and will be able to act as a valid DSP for any venue with a premises licence [2]. Before applying for a personal licence you must understand the Licensing Act of 2003 and hold a relevant licensing qualification, such as the NIIA level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders. There is a list of accredited qualifications here [2].

Through these qualifications you should be able to demonstrate that you are of a good character and can sell alcohol responsibly, as well as understanding your responsibility in regard to the protection of children and the prevention of public nuisance and of crime and disorder [2]. You will need to let the licensing authority know if your name or address changes, or if you are convicted of any “relevant offences”, including serious crime, drugs or sex offences [2].

Premises Licence

You’ll also need a premises licence which authorises you to sell alcohol and perform other licensed activities, such as public entertainment and selling hot food and drinks after 5pm, from your venue [3].  You’ll need to be, or have appointed, a DPS in order to apply for the premises licence. However, if you’re buying the pub from someone else then they may transfer their licence to you.

The cost of the licence will depend on the type of venue, but ranges between £100 and £1905, and there is a yearly fee. You’ll need to provide your details, as well as details of the Designated Premises Supervisor (if different), a detailed plan of the premises and a schedule outlining what time licensed activities will occur [3].

You must display your licence where it can be seen, and if you fail to produce it upon request you may be fined £1000. To apply for either licence you must be over the age of 18 and able to prove that you’re eligible to live and work in the UK. Your licence will remain valid unless revoked, or unless otherwise specified. [3]. 

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Posted 09/08/18

Author: smei

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